On June 7, 2017, 17 people were killed and dozens wounded in simultaneous attacks in Teheran on Parliament and on the tomb of revolutionary leader Ruhollah Khomeini - the first inside Iran claimed by Sunni Muslim extremists of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group. ISNA quoted Khuzestan province's deputy governor Ali-Hossein Hosseinzadeh as saying: "One of the martyrs is a journalist".
He said that such attacks are precedent and al-Ahwaziyeh terrorist group had earlier fired at the convoys of people who visited the Southern cities of Iran which resisted against Iraq's aggression during the 8-year Iraqi-imposed war against Iran in 1980s.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif immediately blamed the attack on regional countries and their "US masters", further raising regional tensions as Teheran's nuclear deal with world powers is in jeopardy after President Donald Trump withdrew America from the accord. "Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their U.S. masters accountable for such attacks". "Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defence of Iranian lives".
The attack in Ahvaz saw gunfire sprayed into a crowd of marching Revolutionary Guardsmen, bystanders and government officials watching from a nearby riser. Children and journos among casualties.
Gunmen attacked an annual Iranian military parade Saturday in the country's oil-rich southwest, killing at least eight members of the country's elite Revolutionary Guard and wounding 20 others, local media reported. 21 others injured, some seriously.
Similarly, Reuters and others described the incident as an "attack" instead of a terror one whereas they have been quick to use "terrorist attack" for similar incidents that took place in Europe over the past few years.
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The ambush by four gunmen Saturday reportedly targeted a platform where Iranian officials had convened to watch a parade marking the Iran-Iraq war. The separatists, however, previously only conducted pipeline bombings at night or hit-and-run attacks.
Totsari identified one of the assailants by the initials AM, without elaborating.
Details about the attack remained unclear immediately afterward. The group provided no evidence for the claim.
Shariati said that none of the officials participating in the military parades in Ahvaz city in Khouzestan province was injured in the attack.
Semi-official news agency Mehr said further shooting broke out as some of the attackers who managed to escape were being chased.